Christmas Shutdown Period 2022

Christmas Shutdown Period 2022

M-Tech Engineering Christmas Shutdown Period 2022

 

Christmas is upon us once again after another year has flown by at M-Tech Engineering. We will be closing for the festive period on Thursday 22nd December at 4:30PM until our return on Tuesday 3rd January at 7:30AM next year.

We entered 2022 with a fantastic order book and will be going into 2023 with an even stronger one, and we are proud to have been involved in a great variety of exciting projects over the year.

From private residences to the London high street, it has been our pleasure to work with both new and repeat customers across the UK and beyond as your preferred manufacturer of bespoke staircases, external metalwork and various precision engineered products.

Many thanks to all of our customers, suppliers and colleagues for your support this year, we are looking forward to working together again in the new year.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.

From the M-Tech Engineering Team

31 Savile Row – New Holland & Sherry Showroom

Feature staircase installed as part of new contemporary Holland & Sherry showroom

M-Tech Engineering is proud to have been involved in yet another high-profile project in London, where we have grown a large client base over the years.

This particular project was at the new showroom of Holland & Sherry at 31 Savile Row, a supplier of some of the world’s finest cloth to tailors and luxury brands for 190 years.

The focus on high quality and luxury by Holland & Sherry was highlighted by the design of the new showroom, which was designed by Bluebottle, a London based architecture and design studio.

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Project Summary

M-Tech Engineering was appointed by Bluebottle to design, manufacture and install a feature staircase in line with the rest of the stunning interior.

The main structure of the stair was made of mild steel, using 10mm plates for the wall stringer and internal balustrade. In addition to this, 6mm pressed treads and risers were welded to the stringers and to each other to form a continuous flight. Each tread and riser also featured a brass inlay for an extra luxurious touch.

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The balustrade was laser cut in-house to follow the form of the treads and risers, giving the staircase a natural and flowing look. This was finished with a 16mm 40mm solid European oak handrail to both sides of the stair, in a dark oiled finish.

The natural mild steel against the dark wood finishes throughout the showroom gives the perfect contrast of colour to achieve a sophisticated, high class look. The finished result is right at home in its Central London high street setting.

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Can M-Tech help with your next project?

For any upcoming residential or commercial projects requiring staircases, balustrade or other bespoke and precision engineered laser cut items, contact us today to discuss your requirements with our sales team, either using our online enquiry form or by phone on 0115 979 4448.

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What is BS5395 Part 2?

When specifying a bespoke staircase, the purpose of the British Standard is to improve the quality of products and systems. They act as a set of guidelines to ensure that the end product is safe for use.

As a specialist manufacturer, all products made by M-Tech Engineering complies with the relevant British Standard for that product whether it is a staircase or other bespoke fabrication.

In this instance, BS5395 Part 2 is relevant to the design and manufacture of spiral staircases and helical staircases. It provides useful guidance on the minimum and maximum sizes for various parts of a staircase. This also differs depending on the category of the stair, for example if it is for public or private use.

Small private stair

Intended to be used by a small number of people who are familiar with the stair. For example, in a house where the stair will be used often by the people living there. The guidance for this stair would not be suitable for use in a public setting.

Typical outside diameter: 1300mm – 1800mm

Rise: 170mm – 220mm

Min. inner going: 120mm

Min. centre going: 145mm

Max. outer going: 350mm

Min. clear width: 600mm

Private stair

Similar to a small private stair but also serving as the main way to access the upper floor of a private house.

Typical outside diameter: 1800mm – 2250mm

Rise: 170mm – 220mm

Min. inner going: 120mm

Min. centre going: 190mm

Max. outer going: 350mm

Min. clear width: 800mm

 

Small semi-public stair

Intended to be used by a small number of people in a public setting, such as an office, factory or shop. Those using this stair will typically be unfamiliar with it. A stair that serves as an access to multiple dwellings would also fall under this category.

Typical outside diameter: 2000mm – 2250mm

Rise: 150mm – 190mm

Min. inner going: 150mm

Min. centre going: 230mm

Max. outer going: 350mm

Min. clear width: 900mm

Public stair

Intended for larger numbers of people in a public setting. This category covers stairs that will often be used by multiple people at once, therefore this will be the largest.

Typical outside diameter: 2500mm – 3500mm

Rise: 150mm – 190mm

Min. inner going: 150mm

Min. centre going: 250mm

Max. outer going: 450mm

Min. clear width: 1000mm

Working with a British Standards compliant manufacturer

M-Tech Engineering can offer specialist advice and guidance in the design stage to ensure a compliant end product that exceeds your expectations.

With over 28 years of experience, we would be happy to discuss requirements and provide a quote for your next staircase, balustrade or bespoke metalwork project.

Contact us on 0115 979 4448, via email at sales@mtechengineering.co.uk or through our web enquiry form.

Solar Panels installed as part of low carbon efforts at M-Tech Engineering

M-Tech Engineering continues to invest in an environmentally friendly future, following the installation of solar panels to the roof of its facility. This joins a number of other energy efficient technologies already being used throughout the company.

Installation of solar panels begins

M-Tech operates from a new factory, purpose built to support its bespoke manufacturing and engineering activities. It allows the use of industry leading machinery such as a laser cutter, press brake and large overhead crane.

What does M-Tech Engineering do to be energy efficient?

Our workshop is busy every day, using a lot of energy. The newly installed solar panels will help to generate a lot of the power we need and send electricity back to the grid over the weekends.

Drone shot of solar panels

There is also passive LED lighting throughout the workshop and office, activated with sensors so they are only used when needed. This sustainable approach means that we can use less carbon and cut back on energy costs.

Further to this, we recycle all recyclable general waste and scrap metal wherever possible. When our plotter runs out of paper, we donate the cardboard tubes to a local nursery for arts and crafts or play! We take all sawdust created by our in-house joinery department and compact it into pellets. This creates a 100% air dried solid fuel for use in wood burners.

Finished installation of solar panels

What are the benefits of all this?

Being mindful of the environment doesn’t only benefit us, as it allows us to pass savings directly to the customer.

When working with M-Tech Engineering, you can have confidence that we are doing everything we can behind the scenes. This lets us provide the most efficient service possible from initial enquiry through to project completion.

If you have an upcoming requirement for staircases, balustrades and other forms of bespoke metalwork, get in touch. Our sales team is on hand to discuss and provide a quote for your next project. Contact us on 0115 979 4448, via email at sales@mtechengineering.co.uk or through our web enquiry form.

Bespoke staircases – what materials can be used?

Staircase materials and their benefits

When specifying bespoke staircase materials, how the end product will look is completely your choice. Having this freedom when working with M-Tech Engineering means that you can have exactly what you want to add the finishing touch to your project.

Whether it is timber, steel, or glass, the possibilities, and different ways you can combine the materials are endless. Our full-service approach means that you will be supported every step of the way, from the design stage through to installation of your bespoke product.

Timber

With the large selection of different timbers available, you will not have any issues finding the right match for your project. Timber is sorted in to two different categories, hardwood and softwood, but these names do not determine their strength as it may appear – the names are distinguished by their reproduction processes.

M-tech engineering conduit mews staircase design

Hardwood

Overall, hardwood is considered the superior material, offering a higher level of durability and strength compared to softwood. They are typically darker in appearance, heavier and more expensive. Popular examples of hardwoods include oak and walnut.

Softwood

However, softwood is also a great option. It is still strong and versatile and can sometimes be a cheaper option. They are generally light in colour and weigh less than a hardwood. Some well known softwoods would be pine or spruce.

Cladding

It is possible to apply timber cladding to a steel staircase, which could be a more cost-effective option compared to using solid timber and would give the effect of a timber staircase. Using a steel frame provides extra rigidity to the stair and prevents creaking sounds that you may get with a full timber stair.

Steel

M-Tech can provide mild and stainless steel as an option for your project, both of which are a great choice of material thanks to its versatility. For example, steel can be used externally in an industrial setting, but also internally with timber and glass to create the perfect look. When it comes to finish, a great option is powder coating. It allows you to have a hard wearing finish in any colour you want, which is ideal in situations where you need to match brand colours, existing furniture and so on.

 

Ladye Bay residential straight stairs M-tech Engineering

 

Mild steel

Mild steel is a cheaper material than stainless steel and does not have the shiny polished finish that stainless does. Due to this, it is commonly used for the structural side of things such as stair frames or mezzanines, and usually gets covered up. Mild steel is not resistant to corrosion on its own, so if it is outdoors and exposed to the elements over a long period of time, you may start to see signs of corrosion. However, mild steel can be galvanised, and this gives a layer of sacrificial zinc protection to the metal that can easily last for years. If you are using mild steel for an internal project, this is not something you need to consider as the mild steel will be protected indoors.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is often used for things such as stair balustrades. It has a shiny appearance that makes it look attractive, and also has a resistance to corrosion, making it perfect for external use as well as internal. However, it is typically a more expensive option over mild steel. Stainless steel is definitely the option to go for if you want a high-end prestigious look.

Glass

For a minimalist feel, glass is a great choice. It allows for natural light to come through, giving a very clean and contemporary look to your project. There is an array of different glass types to choose from, offering different levels of clarity or privacy where required. Whether you want to incorporate glass into a design with other materials or have a staircase made entirely of glass, the choice is yours.

Corn barn residential straight staircase M-tech Engineering

Staircase location

Your choice of materials will depend on different factors, such as if you are trying to match existing décor within your project or go for something entirely unique. Another thing to consider is where the staircase will be installed. For example, if you were installing a staircase outside, it would be better to go with steel or glass as it would offer more longevity and resistance against the weather compared to that of a timber equivalent.

Can M-Tech Engineering help on your next project?

With over 28 years of experience, M-Tech Engineering can offer advice and guidance in the design stage to make sure the end result is a fully compliant product that exceeds all of your expectations.

If you have an upcoming requirement for staircases, balustrades and other forms of bespoke metalwork, get in touch. Our sales team is on hand to discuss and provide a quote for your next project. Contact us on 0115 979 4448, via email at sales@mtechengineering.co.uk or through our web enquiry form.

Ideas to Reality – 3D Model Design

As part of the full-service approach provided by M-Tech Engineering, our expert team of designers will provide full sets of technical drawings and 3D models, giving a highly accurate insight into the end result of the project.

M-Tech works closely with the customer, taking any comments or required changes to the design before any manufacture commences. Whether it is a fully bespoke feature staircase, balustrade, railings or other architectural metalwork products, our designers can help.

Having the ability to see an idea come to life as a 3D model is beneficial to any project as it allows the customer to see exactly what they will get. This makes collaboration between the customer and M-Tech Engineering at design stage very straight forward.

It takes traditional technical drawings to the next level and allows them to explore different materials, finishes and styles. They can download the free eDrawings Viewer and see the model up close on their computer.

The design process at M-Tech Engineering is thorough, and our attention to detail is what makes us one of the UK’s leading precision engineers and manufacturers of staircases and bespoke metalwork.

With over 28 years of experience, M-Tech Engineering can offer advice and guidance in the design stage to make sure the design is compliant with any building regulations that may need to be met.

If you have an upcoming requirement for staircases, balustrades and other forms of bespoke metalwork, get in touch. Our sales team is on hand to discuss and provide a quote for your next project. Contact us on 0115 979 4448, via email at sales@mtechengineering.co.uk or through our web enquiry form.

 

AutoPoint Security Lockers

AutoPoint Lockers

Contactless technology has been growing in popularity for years, and now in current times is more relevant than ever. From card payments to click-and-collect shopping at the supermarket, transactions with no contact are becoming more and more common.

A recent example of this would be AutoPoint lockers, which bring the automotive industry into the ‘Amazon-era’. In partnership with eDynamix, the lockers are designed and built by M-Tech Engineering in-house at our Hucknall based premises.

AutoPoint security locker

Benefits

These lockers provide a self-service approach to booking your car in for service or repair at a dealership. They allow you to drop your keys off in the secure locker and use the iPad to confirm your booking. They are available in an array of different shapes and sizes, making them suitable for a wide range of settings and environments.

Not only are these lockers ideal for current circumstances where we must be cautious and practice social distancing when required, they are an efficient solution to decrease wait times, giving a more streamlined experience for customers with less wait time.

The lockers have been generating interest all across the UK with a number of dealerships using them, including Toyota, Volkswagen and Hyundai to name a few. Thanks to the versatility of the software designed by eDynamix, they also have the potential to be used in other industries than automotive.

To find out more about this product and discuss any upcoming requirements, contact our sales team using the online enquiry form, email sales@mtechengineering.co.uk or give us a call on 0115 9794448.

CNC Laser Cutting and Press Brake

M-Tech Engineering is a one-stop shop for all your laser cutting, press brake and fabrication requirements.

We provide high quality, cost effective sub-contract CNC laser cutting services for laser cut flat profiles. We are able to pass on a number of cost and time saving benefits to help simplify the supply chain.

Press brake

  • Capacity of 150 tonnes & up to 3 metres
  • Thickness of up to 15mm
  • Perfect bending results
  • Doesn’t produce angle errors
  • High repetition accuracy & positioning
  • Fully comprehensive CAD/CAM

Bringing you the very best in Computer Aided Design & Manufacture

Utilising the latest CAD/CAM & nesting software on the market, M-Tech are guaranteed to save you time and money on all of your metal profiles.

With a team of highly experienced CAD engineers on-site, we are able to transform your initial drawing or concept into a high quality component.

Our high level of expertise means we are capable of using complex nesting techniques to utilise sheet metal in the most economical way possible, this also helps to foresee any issues with your components ahead of production, helping to avoid any costly project delays.

Space is maximized, wastage is reduced and productivity is increased meaning we can pass these savings directly onto our customers, providing you with the perfect solution for all of your profiling needs.

Can M-Tech Engineering help with your next project?

If you require a cost-effective laser cutting, press brake and fabrication solution for your next project, contact our expert sales team who would be happy to discuss your upcoming requirements and provide a quotation to suit your needs. Our team can be reached via email at sales@mtechengineering.co.uk, by phone on 0115 9794448 or using our online enquiry form.

 

Bespoke external metalwork supplied as part of high end residential project in London

External Metalwork

M-Tech Engineering has recently been involved in a domestic project located in the Chelsea area of London. This involved the design and manufacture of various bespoke external metalwork items, ranging from wall railings to an arch and lantern.

This project was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our manufacturing and precision engineering abilities beyond our usual staircase projects, supplying bespoke metalwork to this prestigious London property.

The property now benefits from having fresh new metalwork installed that also has a period correct design so it does not look out of place.

Tite Street external metalwork London

Project Summary

London Projects appointed M-Tech Engineering to design, manufacture and install a number of bespoke external metalwork to a prestigious London property. This included railings, gates, ladders, staircase balustrade, planters, cabin frames and doors, along with an arch and lantern.

M-Tech installed balustrade to the staircase that was cast in situ by others. The infill bars of the railings were resin fixed into pre-drilled holes in the staircase. This gives a much sleeker effect compared to having a bottom rail showing.

Tite Street external metalwork London

More railings were installed on top of the walls around the perimeter of the building, complete with decorative finials. These offer an element of security along with an aesthetically pleasing look.

All metalwork was powder coated in RAL9005 black to give the perfect finish to this high end London property.

Tite Street external metalwork London

Can M-Tech Engineering help with your next project?

For all your staircase, balustrade, handrails and other bespoke external metalwork requirements, our sales team would be happy to discuss your project. Get a quote today by using our online enquiry form or call 0115 979 4448.

Spiral Staircases – Product Showcase

What is a spiral staircase?

Spiral staircases are a very popular and well-known style of staircase, suitable for both residential and commercial settings. This versatile design can be incorporated into any environment and look excellent.

However, not all curved staircases are spirals – helical staircases are often mistaken for a spiral staircase. Click here to read more about our helical staircases and its features.

Prezzo Didcot spiral staircase M-tech Engineering Nottingham

 

What is the difference between spiral staircases and helical staircases?

Spiral staircases form a complete circle, and have a tighter radius than a helical staircase. They can be manufactured using a variety of materials including steel, timber and glass.

Another feature to look out for is the central column that spiral staircases have to support the treads. Other curved staircases do not have this feature, making it a good way to determine what a spiral staircase is.

How big is a spiral staircase?

Generally, spiral staircases are known for their efficiency when it comes to use of space. The tighter radius of the stair means they require less space than other styles, but also provide a very unique look compared to other styles.

In a domestic setting, they typically go up to around 2000mm in size. Larger examples can exceed 2000mm on commercial projects or where required. M-Tech Engineering offer a fully bespoke service, allowing you to specify your ideal staircase in any size you need.

How much do spiral staircases cost?

Due to the bespoke nature of M-Tech products, there are no definitive prices for any design. However, for example, spiral staircases are a cheaper option compared to that of a helical staircase.

Tudorval bezier spiral staircase M-tech Engineering

 

 

How can M-Tech Engineering help on your next project?

With 27 years of experience, M-Tech Engineering offers a full service approach to your project, supporting you from initial enquiry through to final installation of your product. Our in-house technicians bring your idea to life in 3D, allowing you to visualise your staircase before its manufacture.

For any upcoming requirements for bespoke helical staircases, our dedicated sales team are available to discuss your project and provide a quote. Get in touch today via our online enquiry form or give us a call on 0115 9794448.

Staircase and handrail supplied at Grade II listed building development project in London

Formerly the Westminster Fire Station, the Grade II listed building located in Victoria has recently undergone a massive refurbishment project. The Fire Station was originally built in 1906.

The project has seen the Edwardian building get transformed into apartments in the upper floor. On the ground floor is Mathura, a flagship restaurant from Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar.

This mixed-use development has been years in the making. It features a new building called Station House to be home to a number of the apartments. The project also includes a residential courtyard.

Station House has been designed in keeping with the rest of the development, staying true to the overall aesthetic of the project.

Project Summary

M-Tech Engineering designed, manufactured and installed a wrap around staircase to the restaurant area along with wall mounted timber handrails.

The wrap around staircase was manufactured using laser cut mild steel in varying thicknesses, with tread finishes to be supplied by others. These bolted on to the stringers and together to form a continuous flight of stairs.

The handrail brackets were coated in brass to ensure the style remains in-line with the restaurant’s theme. This was an ideal choice for the project, as a high end luxury restaurant should be matched with high end materials that exude class.

The project retains a number of features from the original 1906 building, some of which are located near the staircase supplied by M-Tech. Original tiles can still be found on the walls some 115 years later.

Can M-Tech help with your next project?

For any upcoming projects requiring staircases, balustrade or other bespoke and precision engineered laser cut items, contact us today to discuss your requirements with our sales team, either using our online enquiry form or by phone on 0115 979 4448.

 

Helical Staircases – Product Showcase

What is a helical staircase?

Helical staircases form a round shape with a wider radius compared to that of a spiral staircase. Manufactured using an array of materials such as steel, timber and glass, the possibilities are endless.

Due to the similarities between the two, it is very easy to mistake a helical staircase for a spiral staircase, as they both feature curves and winding treads. However, there are some key differences to look out for when identifying a helical or spiral staircase.

Sykes sons helical staircase M-tech Engineering

 

What is the difference between helical staircases and spiral staircases?

The first thing to look out for would be a central column to support the treads. This is a feature of a spiral stair and is not present in a helical staircase.

It is also possible to tell the difference by the shape. Spiral staircases form a complete circle, typically up to 2000mm in a domestic setting. Larger examples can exceed 2000mm on commercial projects.

Overall, the lack of a central column and wider radius should be enough to distinguish a helical staircase from the other styles.

How big is a helical staircase?

Helical staircases are large and need a sizeable opening to accommodate this. Due to the size, helical stairs are typically designed with the idea that they will be the main feature of a room. They are a popular choice for entrance areas because of this.

How much do helical staircases cost?

Naturally, with the bespoke high-end nature of a helical staircase, they are typically a more expensive option compared to other available styles. With a lack of central column, higher grade materials and requiring more in-depth manufacturing methods, this has an influence on the overall cost.

If you want to add a breathtaking feature to your home or business, helical staircases can achieve this effortlessly.

Prezzo Lincoln helical staircase M-tech Engineering

How can M-Tech Engineering help on your next project?

With 27 years of experience, M-Tech Engineering offers a full service approach, supporting you from initial enquiry through to final installation of your product. Our in-house technicians bring your idea to life in 3D, allowing you to visualise your staircase before manufacture.

For any upcoming requirements for bespoke helical staircases, our dedicated sales team are available to discuss your project and provide a quote. Get in touch today via our online enquiry form or give us a call on 0115 9794448.